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August 2nd, 2011

Curmudgeon's Corner: Raimondo’s pension board is nothing but a farce

August 3, 2011

Kabuki is a theatrical art form popular in Japan in which dances are performed in a formal, stylized manner. In other words, everyone knows what the next move will be.
Kabuki could also be used to describe Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s Pension Advisory Board.
This body includes one mayor, one business executive, four labor leaders, five consultant/educators and Governor Chafee’s director of administration.
So, you might as well say there are at least five advocates for public employees in the group.

August 1st

Train station project remains on track

August 2, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – It’s been full steam ahead at the construction site for the new $22 million Wickford Junction Train Station project, which is slated to be open for commuters next spring.
Work is ahead of schedule and both the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and Bob Cioe, owner of the property, are pleased with the progress of the construction.
“We’ve been getting good encouraging feedback from the community,” said RIDOT representative Bryan Lucier.

Although no longer pink, Goodies Ice Cream still a Galilee tradition

August 1, 2011

NARRAGANSETT – For six summers, those craving their favorite ice cream have taken refuge in the little pink cottage of Goodies Ice cream Shoppe on Sand Hill Cove Road in Narragansett. Yet, this summer ice cream lovers may be at a lost when they do not see that pink cottage. However, Goodies owner Cheryl Pelchat wants her customers to know Goodies is still here and only moved its location just one stop down at 236 Sandhill Cove Road from where the pink cottage used to be.

“It's a hop skitch and a jump away from the pink cottage,” Pelchat said.

Union files unfair labor practice charge against SK School Committee

August 1, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After the School Committee filed a complaint in Washington Superior Court last Thursday against NEASK, the union took their own legal route by filing an unfair labor practice charge with the State Labor Board last week.

The charge sites bad faith or service bargaining against the school committee.

July 31st

Fire academy blazes trail

August 1, 2011

BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – Ladd School, once a scene of indescribable heartache and tragedy, was reborn yesterday as the Rhode Island State Fire Academy.
Dignitaries, including Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, state Fire Marshal John E. Chartier, State Police Superintendent Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, Richard Licht, state director of administration, State Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed – and representatives of fire and police departments across the state – attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

July 30th

Tell Me Your Story: Blooming, Cahoone making memories for grandkids

July 31, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Lewis Cahoone Jr. sits in his garden paradise at the end of Pineland Drive and credits maternal nurturing with instilling an interest and talent in growing beautiful things.
“She took care of the yard and gardens,” he says. “My three sisters – two are deceased – and I took after my mother.”
Lewis, who retired June 29 as supervisor of the physical plant and grounds for the North Kingstown School Department, will have even more time to add to the towering floral displays, wending trails and handcrafted birdhouses he has created.

Bridge Street Bridge open at last

July 30, 2011

WYOMING - After two and a half years of inconvenient detours for motorists traveling between Wyoming and Arcadia, crossing the Wood River just became a whole lot easier. On Friday, July 22, Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-38 Hopkinton), announced that the Bridge Street Bridge will finally be reopened.

Reaching for the note

July 30, 2011

On July 20 the East Greenwich Free Library hosted Singer/Song Writer Greg Cooney's One World, Many Stories, Songs and Smiles. Greg, who teaches choir and drama at Mt. St. Charles Academy, grades 7-12, kept the children entertained with fun stories, songs, and musical games from around the world. In this show the children were also able to play a variety of musical instruments.

July 29th

Auger outlines his goals

July 30, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Taking over for Dr. Phillip Thornton, who is now serving as the Cumberland School Department’s superintendent, North Kingstown resident Dr. Philip Auger, has officially begun his tenure as both the interim superintendent and assistant superintendent.

Coventry 11s play Western Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

July 29, 2011

BRANDEN MELLO
bmello@ricentral.com
WARWICK — A Coventry little league team will be meeting a team from Cranston in the opening game of a state tournament in Warwick.
Sound familiar?
One week after Central Coventry’s Major Division All-Stars played Cranston Western in the opening game of the state tournament, Coventry Little league’s 11-Year-Old All-Stars will play the league’s first state tournament game when they meet Western’s 11s at 1:00 p.m. at Warwick Continental.

 

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